Thursday night was my last night as front man for April Wine, and it was a special night. Thank you to everyone that attended, especially those that traveled to Nova Scotia from out of province including from the United States. Thank you.
I wanna say more about last night’s show and I will but not just yet….I’ve not any time to sit down and reflect, I’ve been too busy.
Yesterday the band and I were in the recording studio creating “history” and again today….great fun.
Myles Goodwyn is a songwriter, author and performer.
HALIFAX, N.S. — It’s been quite the journey for Myles Goodwyn and the band he co-founded in 1969. And after more than 50 years, fifteen studio albums and thousands of concerts later, there’s one more show with him as a frontman. And it will happen on March 2nd, 2023 in Nova Scotia, where it all began. He’ll continue writing and producing April Wine records, but says touring as a 74 year old with diabetes, is too much. Here’s a look back over the years and a look ahead to the next chapter for singer, songwriter, author, partner, father and performer Myles Goodwyn.
Myles Goodwyn has been the face, voice, and creative force behind April Wine for more than five decades.
The 74-year old announced his departure from touring with the rock band Monday.
The original leader of April Wine has been on the road since 1968, but says he wants to stay close to home due to health issues.
“Because of my diabetes it’s not okay for me anymore to be on the road, living out of a suitcase and the uncertainty of schedules,” he told CTV’s Katie Kelly during a recent interview.
Keeping the current April Wine line up the same, Marc Parent will replace Goodwyn on guitar and vocals.
“I know Marc personally, and I know he’s the only person I feel extremely confident and comfortable with continuing the music and legacy of April Wine. I can’t wait for the fans to meet him and see him in concert. And of course, Brian Greenway, Richard Lanthier and Roy Nichol, are still in the band and excited about the future and the April Wine legacy,” says Goodwyn.
April Wine have been conducted in the Canadian Music of Hall and Fame and received the Canadian Industry Lifetime award in 2010.
The rock band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
Goodwyn says he will continue writing material for the band, along with producing their records.
“I’ve had a long career, happy, fulfilling. I’ve seen much of the world and I’m grateful to continuing support of radio and our fans worldwide, but touring has been very difficult in recent years because of my diabetes and my health comes first, so unfortunately, my touring days are officially over,” he says.
Goodwyn’s final live performance will be Mar. 2, 2023, in Nova Scotia.
Myles Goodwyn of April Wine poses for a portrait while promoting his new memoir, just Between You and Me, in Toronto. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan)
New April Wine group to hit stages everywhere in 2023.
(l to r) Brian Greenway, Marc Parent, Richard Lanthier and Roy Nichol.
Although I’m still in the band writing, recording the guys and producing, I am now officially retired from touring. My last stage performance after 50+ yrs. on the road, will be in Nova Scotia, March 2, 2023. It all started here and ends here for me.
I will miss the shows, the fans and the other bands that have been friends for years, but health reasons have made this decision necessary.
Cheers everyone and thanks for all the support over the years.
This is a new Christmas song I wrote and recorded in November, 2022. It was very interesting writing a song like this, for me, as I’m not religious as much as I am spiritual. I needed some research to collect some “facts” according to the bible and various groups.
I liked the writing process for this song, it was fun….and I like it, I hope you do to.
PS, I got to play and record my classical guitar as the main guitar part.